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Got Bones?

Recent headlines have reported a correlation between drugs commonly prescribed for osteoporotic patients and certain types of fractures. A few years ago, the revelation that ostoenecrosis (dying bone) of the jaw was correlated with these same types of drugs. Does it seem like these treatments are missing something, chemically altering our bodies’ processes and influencing specific cell behavior for a “cure” to what we perceive as a disease process? Maybe that disease is a symptom of a broader and less easily defined set of malfunctions. To drive any one cellular process to achieve a singular end result could throw a tightly integrated system, like the human body, into a chain reaction with far too many subtle (and not so subtle) effects to ever hope to predict, control or react to. We assume that people lose bone mass naturally and that it is a direct effect of aging. That is probably true to an extent. However, what is often overlooked is the years of abuse our bodies take and the nutritional torture that our modern diet has inflicted on various systems of the body. It is common knowledge that a poor diet can lead to type 2 diabetes, effect heart health, and lead to various cancers, and those are only the pathological processes. The subclinical manifestations of a poor lifestyle can weaken every system in the body as well as create problems that may not be realized for decades when gross pathology arises. By then, rendering the true causes can be lost in the mud of many seemingly unrelated symptoms.

On the topic of osteoporosis, it is known that certain types of diets and particular processed food products have the effect of demineralizing bone, making it weaker. We know that bone is built in response to stress… exercise, movement, creating small stress on the bone signals the body to build more. So it seems that as we become more sedentary we will not build new bone and in fact the body will resorb bone when it isn’t being used. It’s a use it or lose it situation. So maybe as we age we naturally stop doing so many weight bearing activities and thus lose some bone mass, but it’s the excessively sedentary lifestyle that can lead to the amount of loss that seems to require immediate action. We take a chemical that changes the body’s natural process in order to build bone but at the expense of a number of other interrelated systems. This does not seem logical. Maintaining an active lifestyle with moderate weight bearing exercise along with eating a diet heavy in whole, natural, raw foods with very few processed nutrient devoid products would not only allow the natural process of bone maintenance to take place but also reap innumerable other benefits to the person. Bone health is just another attempt to micromanage our health from a reactionary, outside-in approach that simply leads to more dysfunction down the line. The solution is really to back up, look to our daily habits and lifestyle, and proactively build lasting natural health from within. This in turn, will be expressed in a healthy vital life outside.

Are You Dehydrated?

Chances are that you are dehydrated and you probably don’t know it.   Studies show that 75% of Americans are dehydrated. Now we are not talking about desert island dehydration, but not consuming enough water for optimum function. When we think of “getting healthy” and cleaning up our diet most of us think of eating more fresh wholesome food, maybe cutting some calories or skipping the processed foods but rarely does anyone make mention of one of the simplest cheapest and most effective ways to improve our health… drinking more water.

The lack of proper hydration can be linked to fatigue, headaches, muscle cramps, allergies, joint pains, digestive problems and a multitude of other ailments. Hydration is rarely the cause or driving factor to any of these things but is almost always contributory and improvements in treatment can almost always be seen when a patient begins to properly hydrate themselves.

Aside from just simply not drinking enough water many of the things we do drink and eat actually aid in functionally dehydrating us. Carbonated soft drinks, sugary juice drinks, alcohol as well as the morning coffee all actually cost us more water than they contain leaving us in worse shape than before we picked up that beverage.  We drink when we are thirsty but often the signal that tells us we are thirsty can be misinterpreted as hunger and we eat instead; usually something cooked and processed which further dehydrates us. This is a very unhealthy cycle to be in and may be one of the reasons for the epidemic of overeating.

The standard recommendation of 8 glasses of water a day may not be enough for a lot of us; however, it would be a sizeable help in generating better health for most the population. Of course limiting the consumption of “other” beverages and striving to meet or exceed the minimum 8 glasses a day goal is a lifestyle change to many and as such will need reinforcement of outcomes, getting hydrated doesn’t happen in one day but noticeable changes can occur relatively fast. Many people notice thinking more clearly and breathing easier as well as better sleep almost immediately while reduction in joint pains and appetite changes often happen shortly after. Drinking more water is one of the easiest and most effective ways to improve your health and that always makes us happy to know we did something good for ourselves.

Food Inc. to be shown PBS

The following link will take you to www.pbs.org to find out what time your local listing will show this awesome documentary.  If you haven’t seen Food Inc., you should.  Food should not be industrialized, it should be personalized.  This documentary walks you through the hazards of industrialized foods.  Watch it with your family and friends and spread the word.  We highly recommend it!

Excellent Documentary

Please view this documentary.  It is an excellent example of finding out where your food supply comes from and demanding it be better.

Deconstructing Food

Food is not Medicine

Or is it?  The article does not address the benefits of whole foods.  However, it is good to see this subject matter becoming more mainstream.

Don’t be misled by these food label tricks.

Infomercial!

Our infomercial is set to air this weekend and for the following days thereafter.  Please check to see when you are able to view it.  It is great!

National
WETV          WED,  16-Sep @ 6:30 AM
FIT-TV        TUE,  15-Sep  @ 5:00 AM

Regional
FOX SPORTS NET SOUTHWEST         MO, 14-Sep @ 9:00 AM

Local Market
PHILADELPHIA – WMCN   FRI, 19-Sep, 10:00 PM
MILWAUKEE – WMLW   SUN, 13-Sep, 7:30 AM
DES MOINES – WOI  SAT, 12-Sep, 6:30 AM
DALLAS – KFWD   SUN, 13-Sep, 10:00 AM
BEND – KBNZ   SAT, 12-Sep, 4:30 PM
HARTFORD – WTXX   SAT, 12-Sep, 11:00 AM
LOS ANGELES – KHIZ   SAT, 12-Sep, 2:30 PM
NEW YORK – WRNN   SAT, 13-Sep, 1:30 PM
CHICAGO – WJYS   SUN, 13-Sep, 10:30 AM
FT. MYERS – WZVN   SUN, 13-Sep, 6:30 AM
BOSTON – WBPX   SUN, 13-Sep, 9:00 AM
DALLAS – KTXA    SUN, 13-Sep, 11:00 AM
HOUSTON – KTBU   SUN, 13-Sep, 1:00 PM
SALT LAKE CITY – KPNZ   SUN, 13-Sep, 9:30 AM
TAMPA – WTSP    SUN, 13-Sep, 6:30 AM
FARGO – KVRR   SUN, 13-Sep, 9:30 AM
BANGOR – WABI  SUN,  13-Sep, 8:30 AM

C’mon, fill your lungs with free radicals.

We have all been bombarded with advertisements and media reports about antioxidants in various forms being heralded as everything from the fountain of youth to protection from our own bad habits.  Along with the news on antioxidants comes the message that free radicals (what antioxidants neutralize) are evil and we should do everything we can to stop their production.  Stopping the production of free radicals in your body is easy.  So easy in fact, that all you have to do is stop breathing forever… it’s that easy.  Obviously we are not supposed to completely stop the production of free radicals, so this must be one of those situations where a delicate balance must be achieved.

So why all the hype?  First, free radicals are substances that have an unpaired leectron which enables them to be highly reactive and in some biological situations, highly damaging.  Antioxidants are substances that have reduction capability and thus end the free radical chain reactions and in effect neutralize the radical intermediates of oxidative reactions…blah blah blah.  All that big chemistry talk means is that if free radicals are a fire spreading out of control, then antioxidants are the water used to control and eventually put the fire out.  Free radicals happen every day during normal chemical reactions in our bodies; their production is accelerated during times of stress, illness, exercise or toxic exposure.  A healthy, varied diet of whole, raw, live foods, espeically with a rainbow of colors, should be all that is needed to provide an ample dose of antioxidants to combat a normal production of free radicals.  Few of us however, live a life devoid of stress, illness, and exercise or toxic exposures.  These necessitate a supplemental increase in our antioxidant intake.  Most of us also do not consume a rich and varied diet of brightly colored raw foods on a regular basis.  The market is saturated with the next big miracle antioxidant.  What we have to realize is that certain antioxidants work in certain circumstances and under certain conditions to neutralize certain free radicals.  We need a variety of antioxidant nutrients from a variety of sources to combat all the free radical variables (i.e., ones we ingest, breath, absorb, etc).  It’s not enough to take a big load of Resvertatrol and think that it is taking care of all your antioxidant needs.  As the saying goes “variety is the spice of life.”  An antioxidant supplement that is whole food based and provides many different types of antioxidants is the best bet to combat the free radical onslaught of daily life.


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